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Private Practice Marketing Strategy

Private Practice Marketing Strategy: Are You Way Behind?

If you’re way behind in marketing your private practice (like most private practice owners), here’s a step-by-step plan to rescue your marketing plan today.

It’s a sad fact that most private practice owners leave marketing tasks somewhere at the bottom of their to-do lists.

What’s even worse is that most of them don’t even have a comprehensive marketing plan—so whatever marketing does happen, it’s chaotic and ineffective.

Every week that you ignore marketing is another week that your private practice falls behind. That means your competitors are out there winning over YOUR patients while you look the other way.

It goes without saying that this is not the way to build a sustainable private practice.

Here are the simple steps to rescuing your private practice marketing so that you and your business can thrive in the long term.

Schedule planning time for marketing. Put it on your calendar. Ideally, you’d be devoting a few minutes to this every day. If that seems impossible right now, try an hour a week to start. Make it an uninterrupted hour when no one else is around, whether that means an early morning or a late evening for you.

Know your marketing budget. Most private practice owners pick a figure out of the air when it comes to allotting a marketing budget. Others ignore the budget concept altogether and simply spend a little here and a little there. To do this right, you absolutely must know what you’re willing and able to spend.

Define your marketing goals, long term and short term. It’s not enough to have an idea of what you’d like to do to market your private practice; you have to understand WHY you intend to do it and what the intended outcome will be.

Consider the ways that you can improve internal marketing opportunities. Before you spend money on ads or any external marketing approach, look at the missed opportunities in terms of your existing patient base. What can you do right now to improve customer service and increase referrals?

Improve your website. Your online presence is the number one way you’re putting yourself out there. If a prospective patient is compelled by an ad to go to your website, but then the patient is confused or turned off by what he/she finds on your site, you’ve lost an opportunity.

Find effective ways to track the ROI of your marketing efforts. Don’t throw your private practice marketing funds down the drain by never assessing how well each promotional effort has worked. If you don’t know what has already proven effective (and what bombed), how will you know what to do next?

I invite you to visit here frequently for more tips about creating a sustainable private practice!

I wish you the best along your journeys!

Want to learn more about how to build your private practice?

Then Join my team experts for a free strategy session HERE

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The PPW team

 

Your Private Practice Needs Serious Help

Private Practice Owners Must Use Content Marketing Effectively (Here’s Why It Matters)

For private practice owners, effective content marketing can make or break your long-term success.

You’ve heard about “content marketing” and that private practice owners should be using it to build their businesses. But do you really know what content marketing means—or why it’s so important to the long-term success of your private practice?

In short, content marketing means that through your online presence (your website, your social media accounts, and so on), you are providing valuable information to potential and current patients. The goal is to enrich their lives through building a teaching relationship with them.

There are several reasons why private practice owners absolutely must embrace content marketing and use it effectively for private practice building.

Your content enhances your branding. There is much, much more to branding for private practice owners than just your logo and website design. Every message you share with your local audience enhances and develops your brand by emphasizing the ways that you serve patients and the community.

Patients are constantly looking for information online, and they are eager to find a trusted source. Private practice owners can use effective content to capture the attention of their ideal patients, not just right now, but for the long term.

Great content marketing is about building relationships. Rather than focusing on the interests and specialties of private practice owners, it emphasizes the needs and interests of the audience—your prospective patients. In other words, content marketing isn’t a monologue; it’s a conversation.

Content marketing is an opportunity for private practice owners to use storytelling as a way to engage audiences and humanize providers. Human beings love stories, and potential patients will feel a bond with you when they read relevant personal information and hear significant information in your “voice.” These patients will follow you over time, and they’ll tell others about you.

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Private Practice Marketing Strategy

Are Patients Truly Top Priority in Your Private Practice?

You may think your private practice puts an emphasis on customer service, but do your patients think so?

It’s common knowledge that customer service has to be a key focus in order for a private practice to survive and thrive in the long term.

Customer service is just as important as excellent clinical practice… maybe even more important, from the customer’s perspective. Many patients value the overall experience (including staff interactions and convenience) more than the specific interaction with the clinical provider.

Unfortunately, many private practice owners think they’re doing a great job in customer service, when in reality their patients might not give the same feedback.

Is your private practice just giving lip service to customer service? Or are you making patients’ experience truly your TOP priority above all else?

Here’s how you can examine and improve your private practice in terms of customer service. How do you rate on the following questions?

  1. Have you looked closely at every possible point of patient interaction? Take a look at every communication (or failed communication opportunity), beginning with appointment scheduling and going all the way through patient follow-up after the visit. (If you’re not doing consistent and meaningful follow-up, start there.)
  2. Is your private practice built around patients’ needs, or your own preferences? This aspect includes everything from your office hours to your ability to make same-day appointments for some kinds of urgent situations. Patients can tell whether the top priority in your office is their needs… or yours.
  3. Have you built your customer service policies and procedures around standard expectations, or an expectation of WOW? Patients don’t forget when you over-deliver, and what’s more, they will happily tell others about you when you go above and beyond what they’ve been trained to expect from other providers. Distinguish yourself, not just in your marketing but in your everyday interactions with the people you serve.
  4. Do you expect your staff to deliver exceptional customer service without specific instruction on how to do that? Like you, your team members probably feel that they deliver amazing customer service every single day because they’re working hard at it. But if everyone isn’t on the same page about the specific expectations of your private practice, then the service delivered will not be consistently excellent from the patient point of view.

Remember, your patients could go anywhere for the service you provide (or something similar). Are you giving them compelling, consistent reasons to choose YOUR private practice?

I invite you to visit here frequently for more tips about creating a sustainable private practice!

I wish you the best along your journeys!

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The PPW team

 

Private Practice Marketing Blunders

Don’t be a victim of these Private Practice Marketing Blunders

One of the most enjoyable parts of what I do, when helping clients with marketing, is proofing ads. Having been a student of marketing, copy writing, and advertising I hear Yogi Berra in my head saying, “You can observe a lot just by watching.

And you know what? This never changes. Errors from layout as well as placement are so common. Sometimes, a well-meaning person changes a tested font or something else that causes the un-proofed ad to tank.

Here are a few things that I have seen just in the last few months.

A radio announcer for an urban doc spoke so fast on his ad, the docs phone number was not identifiable. Needless to say, a totally failed radio campaign—and a very costly error. Almost unbelievably, another client’s radio ad was shortened, with the phone number omitted!

A TV campaign was run that had no call to action inserted in the ad—where space was left just for that purpose.

An artist didn’t like the submitted newsprint layout, so she substitutes images and rearranges tested headlines.

A salesperson takes a ¼ page ad that is designed to be a “booster”, usually run for a couple hundred bucks, turns the same content into a half page ad costing over $2000.

Testimonials omitted. No clear call to action. No offer. No deadline.
No website URL in an online ad.

And so the end result is no reason at all for patients to see only you.

The list could go on forever. It makes no difference in the media you are using; basically the same rules will still apply.

Of course, these are all preventable by very careful attention to the ad structure, layout, and component function, no matter where your media goes.

Needless to say, we have saved our clients from many needless disasters by tweaking, fine-tuning, and making sure all is as good as can be BEFORE a campaign to promote their private practice ever launches.

I invite you to visit here frequently for more tips about creating a sustainable private practice!

I wish you the best along your journeys!

Want to learn more about how to build your private practice?

Then Join my team experts for a free strategy session HERE

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The PPW team

Private Practice Owners and Online Reputation Management

Private Practice on the Web: Does Your Website Have These Essential Features?

In private practice, your website has to have specific components in order to effectively draw in new patients.

Here’s a fact: Most patients these days are finding medical providers online. Even if you’re recommended by someone else, there’s a good chance that new patients are going to take a look at your website before calling to make that first appointment.

We’ve put together a list of the most essential features that your private practice website needs to act as a beacon for growing your practice.

Your private practice website should:

  • Load almost instantly. People won’t wait for more than a few seconds to see what’s there.
    Offer up-to-date and useful content for patients. You need to be adding new content, whether it’s a blog or a library of articles, several times monthly.
  • Allow you to track who visits, what they click on, and other metrics. This is key to knowing what you need to change on your private practice site. Without data, you’re just guessing.
  • Include links to your presence on social media sites such as Facebook. Ideally, every blog post or article also has a “share” link so that patients can tell others about your content.
  • Provide a “call to action” on every page. Sometimes this is an actual action you’d like the viewer to take, such as calling for an appointment. Sometimes it’s just nudging readers to click on a different page in order to keep them on the site.
  • Use appropriate keywords, but in an organic and natural-sounding way. If you don’t have the right keywords, search engines will ignore your private practice site. But if the content on your website seems forced or irrelevant because it’s too focused on keyword usage, then both human readers and Google will lose interest. Balance is key.
  • Work correctly in every browser and on mobile devices. It’s imperative to test your website on multiple browsers and viewing devices. You’d be surprised at how many potential patients are looking at your website on their smart phone or a tablet, and it’s a real turn-off if your site looks awful in a mobile format.

Overwhelmed by all this technical stuff? Even private practice owners need to get up to speed on the world of online marketing in order to survive and thrive. But you don’t have to go it alone.

I invite you to visit here frequently for more tips about creating a sustainable private practice!

I wish you the best along your journeys!

Want to learn more about how to build your private practice?

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The PPW team

Mobile Marketing for Private Practice Owners

Private Practice SEO: What You Need to Know

In private practice, SEO is vital to understand. Here’s what you need to know about search engine optimization for your business.

As a private practice owner, you know that getting high-quality traffic to your website is important for new referrals and your professional reputation. But you may have been tempted to think, “I don’t have to understand that keyword stuff. I can leave the private practice SEO mumbo-jumbo to my website guy.”

This is a huge mistake. Sure, let your website guy handle the tech details, but as the owner and director of your private practice, SEO and keyword optimization are ultimately up to you.

The good news is, even if sometime it seems that private practice SEO is a tricky business, the basic components are fairly easy to understand.

What it all comes down to is that the best private practice website in the world is totally useless if patients can’t find it.

Here are a few of the most basic concepts behind private practice SEO. There are a lot of great guides out there online (and, of course, a lot of trash as well), but this will get you started in getting your business onto Google’s first page of results for your keyword.

The right SEO keyword phrase

First, you’ll need to make sure that you optimize for the keyword phrase that will bring the right search traffic to your site. In general, it needs to be local and specific, such as “Baltimore physical therapist.” You’ll need to do keyword research with a tool like Google Adwords—what sounds like a great keyword phrase to you may not be what potential patients are actually typing into the search bar.

Using your keyword often enough (but not too often)

You want your keyword to appear throughout your site. If not, search engines won’t pay attention. On the other hand, using a keyword too often, an outdated practice known as “keyword stuffing,” is the worst thing you can do for private practice SEO and will actually harm your chances of Google ranking your site highly.

Active content on your website

Having a private practice blog or adding regularly to a library of informative topic-based articles is a great way to keep your site fresh. It’s also an opportunity to add in keywords in appropriate places, and search engines will notice. Just make sure that you’re adding quality content that new patients will want to read.

Fast loading times

Don’t let your web designer make your site too Flash-heavy. These kinds of applications make your site look great, but they increase the time it takes for the site to load. That will hurt you in terms of private practice SEO results, and it may also drive away the traffic that you’re working so hard to attract.

Private practice SEO can be tricky to get right, and it’s an ever-changing target. That’s why it’s important to stay up-to-date and become part of a network of private practice owners who get regular training on essential business concepts.

I invite you to visit here frequently for more tips about creating a sustainable private practice!

I wish you the best along your journeys!

Want to learn more about how to build your private practice?

Then Join my team experts for a free strategy session HERE

Have a great day!

The PPW team

Private Practice Website Mistakes You Should Avoid At All Costs

Your private practice website is so much more than a professional calling card. Does your site measure up to patient expectations?

The worst mistake you can make as a private practice owner is to stop marketing when your practice is comfortably full. And the very worst kind of marketing slump nearly always involves your private practice website.

Maybe you don’t have a website at all. Maybe there’s a rudimentary site in place, but it’s not complete. Or maybe you set it up so long ago that the site is visually outdated. Any of these problems will turn away new patients in a heartbeat.

Patients know that effective private practice owners maintain an active, up-to-date website. Not just a fancy business card with one phone number and an auto-link to Mapquest in lieu of directions to the office.

Today’s patients are web savvy, and their expectations are high. They expect your site to be interactive, allowing them to schedule their appointment online. They expect to get a clear sense of who you are as a specialist—more than just a generic headshot (or worse, a blurry snapshot of your staff). They’re looking for a blog or a library of informative articles.

Does your site measure up?

Remember, your website is either actively attracting your ideal patients, or it’s driving them away. There is no neutral ground.

If you don’t have an effective and engaging website, it’s a sure bet that one of your competitors does have one… and that’s where your potential new patients are going, right after they click away from your site.
How does your website measure up to the best of what’s out there?

Like any other aspect of private practice, your website is not an area in which you can effectively go it alone. Isn’t it time to seek out a mentor for those areas of private practice where you’re weakest?

I invite you to visit here frequently for more tips about creating a sustainable private practice!

I wish you the best along your journeys!

Want to learn more about how to build your private practice?

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The PPW team

 

Benefits of a Staff-Driven Private Practice

Private Practice Owners Must Understand This Key Idea About Staff Morale

Many Private Practice Owners Don’t Know How to Keep Their Staff Members Productive. The Answer Is Simple.

Like so many other private practice owners, you’ve worked hard to build your staff. After going to all of the expense and trouble of hiring and training support staff who are competent and trustworthy, you’d like to keep them on as long as possible.

But how can you do that? What really keeps private practice staff happy and productive?

The key lies in customer service… in which your staff is your number one customer.

Yes, it’s true that without patients, there would be no private practice. In that sense, the customer comes first. But consider where you’d be without that dedicated staff. How could you serve patients then?

If you make sure to devote time and energy to keeping your staff morale high—not just occasionally, but every day—you will find that you’ll keep patients coming back, too. A happy staff is a welcoming, attentive staff, and patients will notice the difference.

So what are some concrete ways that private practice owners can keep their staff members satisfied and productive?

Say “thank you.” Not occasionally, not just at staff meetings, but in every moment possible. Verbalize your appreciation every chance you get, in big (formal) ways and small (informal) ways. Build in a reward system for meeting productivity goals. Private practice owners who want to prosper make their staff feel valued.

Ask for employee input, and actually take it into consideration. Your staff has an intimate knowledge of what makes their work environment positive—and what makes their professional lives difficult. Find multiple ways to invite input, both public and private. When staff raise a good idea, implement it!

Get to know the personal lives and preferences of individual staff members. Learn their birthdays, the names of their spouses and children and dogs, and their favorite sports teams. Spell their names correctly in memos—you’d be surprised how many private practice owners don’t bother with this detail!

Don’t assume that staff are happy in their current positions or even career fields. If you are having conversations with staff (formal and informal) about their career goals and hopes for the future, you’ll be able to support them in relevant milestones. Just as important, you won’t be caught off guard by a sudden career change.

I invite you to visit here frequently for more tips about creating a sustainable private practice!

I wish you the best along your journeys!

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Then Join my team experts for a free strategy session HERE

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The PPW team

 

Private Practice Owners, Tell Your Patients What to Do

You Need Cash Patients in Your Private Practice—But How Do You Draw Them In?

Attracting new patients who are willing to pay cash for services is the future of private practice. Here’s what you need to know about how to get and keep private pay customers.

Here is the hard reality of running a cash-based private practice. Patients who pay up front for services, almost without exception, expect you to be an expert. Not just an expert in your field, but an expert who focuses on the precise problem they are experiencing.

In other words, if you want to attract cash-paying patients to your private practice, your advertising needs to target patients with specific conditions. The fact is that if you don’t highly focus your marketing to attract specific types of cash patients, you’ll be competing with all of the other generalists out there—and you are unlikely to succeed over time.

To bring in more cash-based patients to your private practice, you need to do four things:

1. Identify a profitable niche that is in demand in your area. It is critical to distinguish yourself from all other specialists in your area, and make sure that you’re not just offering the same broad menu of potential services as every other private practice out there. But it has to be something that people want and will pay out of pocket to receive.

2. Know the demographics and psychographics of the patients you want to attract within that niche. It does no good to pick a marketing niche if you haven’t paid attention to the available data about exactly WHO is reading and responding. Psychology is everything in marketing a private practice.

3. Effectively use the appropriate marketing channels, including social media and articles on your own private practice website, to get noticed by these patients. Too many private practice owners are frightened of social media, blogging, and other current-day means of advertising. The fact is, things like postcard mailings and phone book listings just don’t have the same impact and may even be a waste of your advertising dollars—especially if that’s all you’re doing.

4. Provide such top-rate service to new clients, including both clinical interactions and customer service, that they will speak positively of you to others and actively refer friends and family. This is the bottom line. It’s not enough to get new patients in the door. They have to have such a great experience that they can’t wait to come back. There is nothing more powerful than social proof, so focus on getting the patients you want and making them want to share what they know about your services.

If all of this seems overwhelming, that’s because effective marketing is a huge job for private practice owners. But we can help! For support and training around marketing and other private practice concerns, read about our Mentoring and Coaching programs.

I invite you to visit here frequently for more tips about creating a sustainable private practice!

I wish you the best along your journeys!

Want to learn more about how to build your private practice?

Then Join my team experts for a free strategy session HERE

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The PPW team

 

Mobile Marketing for Private Practice Owners

Private Practice Owners Cannot Afford to Ignore Social Media

You might be wary of getting involved in social media or feel confused about the best way to implement a social media strategy. But every private practice owner should understand the place of social media in marketing.

Almost without exception, your patients are online.

Are you?

I don’t just mean having a website or even a blog. If you’re not using social media—and using it to effectively promote your private practice—you are missing out on a willing audience.

These days, a patient’s first encounter with you happens long before they arrive for the first visit at your office—or even before they pick up the phone to speak with your staff about a consultation.

When you’ve established a reputation on social media, you will have won a new patient’s trust long before you actually meet in person. And the best thing about social media is that few medical professionals in private practice are using it. In part, that’s because they’re scared of “doing it wrong.”

But when you have a social media strategy in place, and you’re in control of the online impression you leave with potential patients, you’ll see that no private practice can survive for long while ignoring the impact of social media on marketing today.

There is no substitute for a strong online presence as a way of building your perceived authority. The fact is, an active and engaging social media presence will take your private practice to unimagined new heights—when you do it effectively. There are many examples out there of ineffective social media practices.

Too often, private practice owners avoid the social media question altogether… or they jump in headfirst, without a clear understanding of what they’re doing and why. You could even say that a misguided and muddled social media strategy is almost worse than totally avoiding getting involved at all.

That’s why a private practice mentor is essential for the success of your business as a medical professional. You are highly trained in your field and a stellar clinician… but what training have you had in marketing, administration, and other aspects of running a business?

When you’re ready to take your private practice to a higher level, let us know. We can provide the tools you need to increase your marketing reach and design a private practice that suits the life you want to create.

I invite you to visit here frequently for more tips about creating a sustainable private practice!

I wish you the best along your journeys!

Want to learn more about how to build your private practice?

Then Join my team experts for a free strategy session HERE

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The PPW team

 

Dairy Consumption and Your Patients’ Health

Do yourself and your private practice patients a favor by learning all you can about dairy consumption and health!

This series of articles will not be “politically correct”. Nor will it likely be popular with the mainstream press. But the fact of the matter is, anybody with a degree in healthcare who has done across the board research understands the dangers of dairy products and human diet.

A landmark book on dairy and health called The China Study was published some years back. As serious students of health and nutrition, I recommend you get and read at least this book at least once.

There are several major problems with the consumption of dairy in the human diet, but by reading magazines and watching television you would never know it.

The dairy industry is a huge industry—unfortunately, one with an incestuous relationship with the FDA.

Almost everybody knows about struggling with lactose intolerance. Lactose is a milk sugar, which is difficult for some people to digest. But the dairy story goes far deeper.

One of my professors once said it best: Milk is designed to be a hormone delivery system from cow to calf. It is not intended for human consumption. Human milk is for humans, but only in the first two years of life.

Let’s first start off by talking about osteoporosis. Both doctors and patients alike are taught dairy builds strong bones. Yes calcium, and vitamin D are essential for human health, but there are far healthier ways to get both of these besides milk consumption.

One of the most eye-opening facts regarding osteoporosis is when scientists look at relatively primitive cultures, which are active, consume a plant-based diet, spent a fair amount of time outside and almost never get osteoporosis.

This is in stark contrast to developed countries, like the USA, where osteoporosis is rampant and people consume large amounts of dairy and animal products.

Also, milk contains certain hormones, like ILGF and BGF which are detrimental to human health. Some of these compounds have been linked to the development of cancers, especially prostate, breast and ovarian.

But, most importantly to your patients, dairy can aggravate inflammation.

And it almost always makes patients with peripheral neuropathy chronic pain suffer far more than necessary.

There are now many readily available alternatives. These alternatives include products made from almonds, coconuts, and rice.

It takes a little bit of experimentation to find exactly what works best for everyone, but making the shift towards a more healthy diet goes a long way towards providing healing environment for your neuropathy and chronic pain patients.

Do yourself and your private practice patients a favor by learning all you can about dairy consumption and health!

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I wish you the best along your journeys!

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SWOT analysis for physical therapy business

How to Strengthen Your Physical Therapy Business Plan with a SWOT Analysis

Use a SWOT Analysis to Help Grow Your Physical Therapy Business and Avoid Significant Pitfalls.

Have you taken the time to do a thorough SWOT analysis for your physical therapy business? If so, have you done it again recently?

This tool could make all the difference in the effectiveness of your marketing strategy and many other key components leading to the success of your practice.

Here is a quick overview of SWOT analysis and how it applies to a successful physical therapy business.

SWOT stands for: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats. The first two are internal factors, and the second two are external factors. Although you may not be able to have complete control over each factor, it’s useful to identify all components and know how they are impacting your physical therapy business.

Strengths are any resources or capabilities that give you an edge over competitors. These can include factors such as the unique aspects of the service you provide; the geographic location of your physical therapy business, if it is a positive factor; and any special training or knowledge you have gained that is not available from most other providers.

Weaknesses are often the lack of strength in a particular area. Specifically, you might lack business training in certain areas, such as marketing. Or your physical therapy business might not offer products or services that are distinct from those of your competition.

Opportunities refer to factors that provide a chance to develop or expand the patient base for your physical therapy business. These might include new services you could offer, a partnership with similar providers to increase referrals, or the lack of significant competition in a particular market.

Threats are important not to overlook. Even though you may not be able to directly control a threat, it will certain impact your physical therapy business for the worse if not somehow addressed in your overall strategy for success. Threats can include anything from regulation changes to competitors with innovative services that address the needs of YOUR patients.

Keep in mind that a SWOT analysis is a subjective process. It’s a good idea to have a SWOT analysis performed by a third party who can provide an objective look at your physical therapy business. Then you can compare your internal SWOT with this other feedback and decide how to implement what you’ve learned.

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Private Practice and the New Word of Mouth Process

The Right Way to Market Your Physical Therapy Business

When It Comes to Promoting Your Physical Therapy Business, There’s Good News and Bad News.

Too many physical therapy business owners spend a lot of time fretting about the “right” way to handle marketing. After all, there is so much advice out there—and most of it is contradictory.

How is a physical therapy business owner supposed to know what’s right for his or her practice?

In the end, it’s a trick question.

There are only two WRONG ways to formulate your physical therapy marketing plan.

The first wrong way is to halfheartedly do too many things, and none of them effectively or with a strategy. It’s too easy to get sucked into spending tons of time on social media without knowing exactly why you’re there, or to divide four marketing hours into six different efforts with little return on your time investment. It’s essential to choose your promotional strategies carefully and always with a measurable end goal in mind.

The second wrong way is to do nothing at all in terms of marketing your physical therapy business, either because you’re “too busy” or because you’re scared of getting it wrong.

So… the bad news about marketing for your physical therapy business is this: Chances are, the way you’re doing it right now is NOT as effective as it could be.

And the good news? Small increments of effective change can work wonders for your marketing strategy.

You may want to take a close look at what you’re doing to promote your physical therapy business and what you expect to gain from it in measurable terms. Then consider whittling down your efforts to the one or two things that have shown the best ROI thus far—and really put your back into those one or two things to see even greater returns.

Or, if you’re guilty of total marketing inaction, it’s not too late to start effectively marketing your physical therapy business. What one audience are you trying to reach, and what do you hope to gain from connecting with them? Start there with just a few hours a week of focused promotion.

Effective marketing is essential to the success of your physical therapy business—yet you probably didn’t get any training in this vital skill when you were in school!

I invite you to visit here frequently for more tips about creating a sustainable private practice!

I wish you the best along your journeys!

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The Critical Patient Moment in Private Practice!

Make sure your patient IS heard and feels heard in your Private Practice. 

One of the most common reasons that patients change doctors and therapists, or move from the public to the private practice pay system is they feel strongly their personal health complaints have not been listened to. And unfortunately, often times it’s an intense personal feeling that something is seriously wrong with their health.

In fact, I’m sure to consult somebody who has been to several offices, who will say, “Nobody ever sat down and listened to exactly what has been happening to me”. This is very sad. But also a key point for private practice owners worth visiting.

Once upon a time, I was taught by very senior clinician the following words: “LISTEN to the patient, for they will tell you exactly what is wrong with them.”

Of course you know, as a clinician, that history-taking is both an art and a science. Patients very often will give you clues to the underlying diagnosis.

But, more than that, it is essential that the patient get to know, trust, and respect you before you can ever have an effective relationship. Patients who don’t trust their clinicians won’t normally continue care in any self-pay setting, but—more importantly—they don’t get better.

So the reminder from today’s discussion is to simply take a hard look at your initial intake of all new and former patients. Make sure your staff knows the importance of adequate time, and not being interrupted.

Above all, make sure your patient is heard and feels heard. One of the best ways to ensure that this has actually happened is to conclude every consultation with the following words:

“Mrs. Smith, do I understand everything correctly? Is there anything else I need to know?”

Do this every time, and you’ll never have to worry about new patients in your private practice again.

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Beyond Excuses: Why Your Private Practice ISN’T Thriving (and How to Fix It)

If your private practice is floundering, or coming to a standstill, you might think you know why…but take a close look at the problem. Is it a reason, or an excuse?

Unfortunately, too often, private practice owners get in their own way when it comes to success.

It’s all too human to think we “know” exactly what the problem is. Maybe we also “know” why various solutions can’t possibly work to fix the problem. In a way, this is a victim mentality.

Most of us are guilty of this at some point in our personal lives. But if this mindset carries over into your private practice, things aren’t going to go well.

If you’re going to be able to overcome obstacles in private practice, it’s essential to remain open to new ideas, useful feedback, and even tried-and-true solutions that you’ve already tried once. You’ve got to approach each new obstacle as if you’ve never encountered it before.

Why? Because if you’ve already labeled and judged what’s before you, you’re not seeing it clearly. And that means you’re blocking your own success by dooming the situation before anyone has addressed it.

So… how to get past this stumbling block? There are two keys to implementing a “no excuses” mind-shift in private practice.

The first key is a willingness to change. What you’re doing now is not effective, so a fresh approach is called for. This is a huge one! Don’t underestimate how your resistance to change could be impacting your private practice.

The second key is to call in a fresh viewpoint, someone who can give you unadulterated feedback about what you’re doing in your private practice that could be done better.

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Marketing Your Specialty Practice

Specialty Practice Success Won’t Happen Through Traditional Marketing

Unless your specialty practice is brand-new, the backbone of your practice probably isn’t based on new referrals. Don’t overlook this key element of private practice success!

Whether you’ve been running your specialty practice just a few years, or dozens, there’s a good chance that the majority of your business is made up of repeat clients. In short, most of the patients walking in your door have been there before…and made the decision to come back.

If you’ve provided excellent service—not just a world-class treatment experience, but great customer service, too—then most of your patients will come back again and again. Maybe they’ll come in search of continued good health through maintenance. Or maybe a new injury or illness will arise, and because you’ve built their trust, you’ll be the first professional they call.

Eventually, nearly your ENTIRE specialty practice could (if you chose) be composed of regular patients who return time after time because of the relationship you’ve built with them.

But if you’ve paid any attention to the marketing how-to information that’s out there, you may be confused. That’s because the advice of traditional marketers is all about how to get new eyes on you—how to get in front of people who will buy what you’re selling.

The thing is, particularly in the service industry and in a specialty practice, the person who is most likely to buy from you is the very person who already has! They took that initial risk of trying your practice, found the benefits to be exceptional, and now have confidence that YOU are the professional who can make their lives better.

Now that you know repeat customers are the best customers, what can you do to encourage patients to come back?

First, say “thank you,” and say it often. Thank brand-new patients for giving your specialty practice a chance to help them. When they return for another visit, welcome them with open arms and an opportunity to give feedback—ask: “Can you let us know what made you decide to come again?”

Second, give those loyal patients a chance to get to know you better. Ask every new and returning patient if they’d like to join your email list. Send a monthly newsletter with practice news, including personal stories from your staff or yourself that make your office feel like a home away from home. It can also include a simple but useful health tip that’s relevant to your specialty practice, or a frequently asked question and your response. This doesn’t have to be a slick-looking newsletter template. In fact, many patients will respond more positively if it’s simple and has a “homegrown” feel, so that they know you’re actually writing it!

Also, have your staff maintain a list of patients who haven’t been in lately. Give them a courtesy call to see if they’d like to schedule a follow-up visit. This lets patients know that you remember them and care about how they’re doing.

The key to all of this is planning. You need an organized system, set to autopilot, so that these things will happen automatically at appropriate opportunities, and so that no patient gets overlooked. This is the only way to make effective follow-through happen on a regular basis for your specialty practice.

But most private practice owners won’t implement this kind of system.

That’s good news for you… if you’re willing to put in the time, knowing that your specialty practice can thrive while others barely survive.

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Your Physical Therapy Business is Not a Desk Job

You’re the CEO of your physical therapy business, the leader and visionary for your team. But the last place you should be is behind a desk.

As the practice owner and chief decision-maker for your physical therapy business, you are effectively the CEO of your company. But if your mental picture of a CEO features someone sitting behind a large mahogany desk, you’d better think again.

If you want your physical therapy business to grow and thrive, you should be spending very little time at a desk. It’s time to step away from your desk and step into an active, hands-on role as a team leader.

As CEO, you’ll need to become deeply involved in every aspect of your business.

Of course, there’s a fine line between deep awareness and micromanaging. As you move around the office, don’t just step in between your staff and the work they’re doing—which might be viewed as intrusive and controlling. After all, you hired your team carefully with a view to being able to trust them to do their jobs well.

Instead, think of it from the perspective of simply being visible and present throughout the day. Make it a point to briefly shadow each team member at his or her job every few days, so that your team gets accustomed to having you right there. Keep in mind that the objective isn’t to monitor for mistakes. The idea is that you’ll be able to put yourself in your staff’s shoes and understand the key aspects of every role.

The goal is to become familiar with the workings of every aspect of your physical therapy business. Allow your team to become your teachers. If you don’t know or understand how something works, ask your staff to demonstrate or explain. You can rely on your staff, who do this job day in and day out, to provide the most effective input on what improvements are needed, rather than handing down directives about how to improve.

In short, you should spend very little time at your desk. Use this space for research and learning during quiet hours, before staff arrive or after they leave. During the workday, when staff and patients are in the office, be in the office. Strive to be an active part of the office environment on a daily and weekly basis, and you’ll find that your physical therapy business begins to really come alive.

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For Private Practice Success, Check Your Mindset

The Missing Link in Private Practice Success: Check Your Mindset

You May Think That External Factors Will Make or Break Your Private Practice Success. In Reality, Your Mindset Drives Your Practice.

Every day you navigate the ins and outs of your private practice and wear a number of different hats. As a private practice owner, you make the key decisions that drive the future of your business. And as a clinician, of course, you’re also working in your practice from day to day as you treat patients.

But how do you treat them? As commodities, or as unique individuals?

How do you treat your business? As a job that you attend every day to bring in a paycheck, or as a delicate ecosystem that requires your own hand to survive and thrive?

Your mindset determines everything—from your earning power to your life-work balance and overall satisfaction.

In essence, private practice success is so dependent on mindset because it has two components. Your mindset drives your vision for private practice success, the long-term picture of your practice’s health. Your mindset also functions as your biggest and best marketing tool.

When patients feel heard, cared for, and well handled, they reward you with continued business and referrals. But if you come across as distracted, distant, or gruff, you’ll lose patients—not just the ones in your office right now, but also those referrals down the road. When patients are paying out of pocket, they expect more. Unsatisfied, they’ll take their business elsewhere—no matter how good you are as a clinician. It takes so much more than good technical work to achieve private practice success.

Building a successful mindset is more than just having a great attitude and effective bedside manner. In the end, it’s all about vision and planning.

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When It Comes to Productivity in Your Specialty Practice, Are You Just Spinning Your Wheels?

Specialty Practice Isn’t About Productivity—Unless You’re Producing The Right Kind of Work to Sustain Your Long-Term Vision

You work hard, every single day, to keep your specialty practice going—all the moving parts that are inherent in managing a business. You show up with a good positive can-do attitude and put in the hours. You try to make every day as productive as possible, with something to show for it all when you close up the doors at the end of the day. You read the time management and productivity books that tell you how to stay on top of your inbox and touch base with all of the facets of your business.

You’re putting in all the elements they told you about: hard work, passion and enthusiasm, willingness to problem-solve.

But, in the end, does any of that really matter?

There’s so much more to a sustainable specialty practice than just greasing the day-to-day mechanisms to keep it running. It’s not enough to simply work in your business, as if you were an employee. You’re the mastermind of your specialty practice, the source of its true viability. Without a clear long-term vision, when it comes down to it, you’re just spinning your wheels.

What you need is clarity, access to relevant decision-making information, and the kind of high-level business skills that will allow you create a customized path to sustainability and profitability. In other words, you need a road map to success in specialty private practice.

Otherwise, you’ll be lost in the wilderness of day-to-day decisions, never seeing the big picture of where your specialty practice is headed. If you want to be the one driving your practice, instead of simply being driven by external circumstances and the endless nagging needs of daily tasks, you’ve got to climb into the driver’s seat.

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Are All Your Marketing Efforts Going to Waste in Your Physical Therapy Business?

For Your Physical Therapy Business to Thrive, You Need to Be Able to Distinguish Between Features and Benefits.

There are many factors at play in creating and growing a thriving physical therapy business. But without a deep understanding of one key marketing concept, I can almost guarantee that your practice will not be sustainable.

Here is the most important factor in successfully marketing your physical therapy business: features versus benefits.

In short, features are facts (the “what”), and benefits are the reasons why those facts solve your client’s problem (the “why”).

On the surface, the difference looks pretty simple to understand. The thing is, it can be hard for many physical therapy business owners to put that understanding into practice when it comes to developing a consistent marketing message. Sometimes, what we view as key information just ends up making a potential client feel “talked at” instead of understood.

As a physical therapy business owner, you have to present your services as the ideal solution to your client’s pain. Many private practice owners make the mistake of describing abstract concepts, such as the details of their training and credentials or the jargon associated with certain manual manipulations. This approach misses the point, though.

A potential client who is searching the Web or asking friends for a referral is likely not looking for the use of any particular training or technique. What is he or she searching for? An end to pain and discomfort. So that’s where your marketing message needs to focus.

Does your marketing message convey the relief that clients will feel after working with you? If that’s not the focus of your marketing efforts for your physical therapy practice, you can bet that some other physical therapist in your area is using that tactic to successfully draw in new clients.

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